PM Imran Khan calls for effective steps to counter hate speech, Islamophobia
NEW YORK (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. He was speaking at a high-level roundtable discussion on ‘Countering Hate Speech’ jointly organized by Pakistan and Turkey at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday. The prime minister said that the incidents of violence are increasing on the basis of discrimination, religion and belief. “We will have to find out the solution to reasons to control such incidents.” He said that racists and extremists have assumed the power in India. “No one linked Hindu religion to terrorism. The Muslims are being defamed in the name of Islamophobia,” he said. Imran Khan said that Islam was linked to terrorism after 9/11. “Islam is the only one which was taught to us by the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH),” he said. “We cannot tell the world that how much they are grieved by the desecration of the religion. The world should understand the sentiments of the Muslims about Islam.” He also cautioned against attempts to denigrate revered personalities and scriptures cloaked in the right to freedom of expression and opinion. He called for effective measures to counter hate speech and Islamphobia. He stressed the need to inculcate tolerance among the nations. “The United Nations provides an important platform against hate-mongering. Unluckily, the leaders of western countries linked the terrorism with Islam,” he maintained. Speaking on the occasion, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said hate speech has emerged as the worst crimes against humanity. He said Muslims are the most vulnerable community to hate speech across the world. He said Muslims are being lynched for eating beef in India. Commenting on worst human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir, President Erdogan said that Kashmir has been turned into an open prison and there is fear of bloodshed there. He also expressed condolence over the tragic loss of lives in the earthquake in Mirpur and other parts of Pakistan.